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Koh Ker Group Beng Mealea

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • Activities

    Car Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    Custom Price
  • Duration

    10 hours

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)


  • Starting Location

    Siem Reap

  • Price Includes

    Pick-up and drop-off hotel in Siem Reap, Drinking cool water-towel, Transportation during the tour, English speaking tour guide, Ticket for Koh Ker-Beng Mealea, Lunch at a local restaurant.

  • Notes

    Tips are not included in tour price. Bring extra cash to tip driver and guide.


  • Travel through the Cambodian countryside to visit the Koh Ker group of temples
  • This remote archeological site was the capital of the Khmer Empire during the 10th century
  • Koh Ker temple group is the remnants of an ancient Khmer capital
  • Discover the early 11th-century Angkor temple of Beng Melea, covered in thick tree roots and vines
  • Enjoy the "lost temple" atmosphere of Beng Melea, and see Hindu carvings among the ancient trees


Trip Info

You’ll start out with the 130-kilometer drive through the scenic countryside from Siem Reap to the remote site of the Koh Ker temple group. The temple complex at Koh Kor, located to the north-east of Siem Reap, represents the remnants of the capital of the Khmer empire from 928-944 A.D.

Visit Beng Mealea temple next, built at the end of 11th century. This sprawling jungle temple covers an area of more than a square kilometer, and is now largely overrun by vegetation.

Constructed in a distinctly Angkor Wat style by the same king, Beng Melea temple may have served as a prototype for Angkor Wat. Although there are some lintel carvings, there are no bas-reliefs and carvings are relatively scarce.

When the temple was in active use, its walls may have been covered, painted, or adorned with frescoes. In its time, Beng Melea was at the crossroads of several major routes that ran to Angkor, Koh Ker, and Preah Vihear.

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